John Zink Institute
Chuck Baukal is the Director of the John Zink Institute which is part of the John Zink Company, LLC where he has been since 1998. The Institute provides technical training to customers and employees on how to safely and efficiently use industrial combustion equipment while minimizing pollution emissions and maximizing productivity. Dr. Baukal has over 35 years of industrial work experience and 25 years of adjunct teaching experience. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennslvania, an Ed.D. from Oklahoma State University, and a Professional Engineering license from the state of Pennsylvania. He is the author/editor of 13 books on industrial combustion and has written numerous other publications on engineering and engineering education. He currently teaches as an adjunct at the University of Tulsa and at Oral Roberts University and also serves on a number of advisory boards.
Bracken Engineering, Inc.
William Bracken is the CEO of Bracken Engineering, Inc. and a member of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers, as well as a Master Instructor for the International Code Council. Bill’s career has centered on the practice of structural engineering while specializing on its application in the fields of Codes, Fire Rescue and Standards of Care. His practice has encompassed design, analysis, research, publishing, instruction and forensics. Bill has published and routinely presents on topics of forensic engineering, structural rehabilitation and innovative use of current technology. In addition, he works closely with the University of South Florida and serves on both a state and federal level as an Urban Search & Rescue Structural Specialist.
National Soceity of Professional Engineers
Bracken Engineering, Inc.
ASCE - SEI
Society of Fire Protection Engineers
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Marlene Leekang, Executive Director at NYU, manages the development of new initiatives and collaborations across the University and with external partners and clients. I am responsible for launching new programs, preparing financial models, and oversight of implementation.
In my tenure at NYU, my practices have substantially increased the revenue each year. In my senior lead role, my responsibilities supporting initiatives for implementing new services led to the creation of a studio for developing online content, the hiring of dedicated teams for faculty and student support, and recently secured a grant for development of the school’s very first online undergraduate degree program.
I have negotiated the creation of new online degree programs, new joint school programs, executive education programs, and public accessible learning opportunities such as moocs and free education courses.
With over fifteen years of management experience, I have worked as an executive in corporate environments, managing large-scale local and global customer-service teams. My extensive background has given me the knowhow to execute best practices in serving NYU Tandon School of Engineering students, faculty, and Fortune 500 clients. My previous experiences in my earlier years, teaching young children as well as adults with developmental disabilities has taught me much about humility and service. I have earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York College, my Master’s in Psychology from Queens College, and my Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College.
Urban Engineers, Inc.
Ms. Martsolf directs the Training Institute of Urban Engineers, which provides internal and external training on a variety of topics. Ms. Martsolf manages the process through needs analysis, course development, development of learning outcomes, development of learning assessments, and final evaluation.
Since its inception, the Urban Engineers Training Institute has held approximately 100 learning events including, “Cost Estimating”, “Scheduling”, “Engineering Ethics: The Professional Engineer’s Challenge”, “Constructability Reviews: Save Time, Money, and Resources”, “Stormwater Management”, and “Bike Trail Engineering Design.”
Ms. Martsolf supervises, organizes, and administers activities of the Training Department at the strategic and operational levels. Develops and implements policies and procedures related to corporate?wide training and professional development programs. Develops training objectives, strategies, policies, and programs that facilitate continuing education, professional development, leadership development, and continuous learning for employees. Manages and coordinates with other departments, e.g., IT, HR, etc. to record and digitally broadcast training activities. Manages the process of, and compliance for, the continuing education accreditations for engineering, including but not limited to, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Designs and develops training programs through the Urban Engineers Training Institute, including external programs. Performs needs analyses and reviews organizational resources to ascertain that learning and development resources exist and are developed to support learning needs.
Bracken Engineering, Inc.
North Andover, MA
Peter has been a practitioner in training and development and knowledge management for over 30 years and still enjoys the challenge of improving ways to help people learn while driving standards and consistency of practice.As an early adopter of Knowledge Management Systems, first KM (LMS/LCMS / Performance Support) system implementation in the late 90s for a global corporation.Peter has demonstrated success across multiple industries; Industrial Power Generation, Telecommunications, Government, Factory Automation (AMHS), Security and Detection, and DOD
I am a seasoned eLearning/Digital Solutions executive with extensive experience in the Architecture, Engineer, and Construction (AEC), Training markets.
Beth Robinson is the VP/Director of Continuous Improvement at Hixson Architecture/Engineering/Interior Design in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned a B.A. in Education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and has continued to have a keen interest in learning and development throughout her professional career, and is often in a role of facilitating and teaching colleagues. At Hixson, a specialist firm of 130+/- associates (most of whom are licensed engineers or architects), she serves the dual functions of leading continuous improvement efforts and staff development, including Hixson University, which has been IACET Accredited since 2005.
Public Safety Specialists division of Bracken Engineering, Inc.
Ron Rogers is the Division Director for Bracken Engineering, Incorporated’s Public Safety Specialists (PSS) division. He is responsible for day to day management of PSS field operations, training, client contracts, client relationship management and the disaster preparation for Bracken Engineering, Inc.
Ron’s more than 34 years of progressive training, experience and practice in the public safety sector provided extensive experience interacting with private sector, government, and nonprofit entities. His experience managing a 1,000 plus employee public safety organization demonstrated his abilities as a skilled administrator and leader. Ron provided emergency relief to those affected by natural disasters on numerous occasions as the leader of an Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) task force. He also has experience directing facility construction, renovation and relocation efforts.
Prior to joining Bracken Engineering, Ron served for nearly 33 years in numerous public safety roles with Hillsborough County, FL notably as the Special Operations Chief (1999-2006) and Fire Chief (2011-2015). He is a founding member of Florida US&R Task Force-3 (FL-TF3) where he served as the Program Manager for the last seventeen years (1999-2016).
In his role with FL-TF3, Ron commanded 10 Type I and II US&R incidents. One of these involved Ron commanding all US&R operations in the eastern half of the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Ron managed State and Federal US&R resources in the ten days immediately following landfall. Ron has received numerous awards including the Florida HazMat Responder of the Year, Davis Productivity Award for the Florida US&R Program Implementation, Florida Search & Rescue Responder of the Year and the Thomas Yatabe Certificate of Outstanding Achievement.
Emerson Automation Solutions
CDM Smith Inc.